Gary Setchell – King’s Lynn Town boo-boys are ‘doing my head in’
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Fed-up Gary Setchell is looking forward to an afternoon away from The Walks.
The King's Lynn Town boss was dismayed in midweek after a section of the club's disappointing gate of 354 voiced their displeasure at a 1-1 home Southern League Premier Division draw against St Neots Town. While the point did little to improve the Linnets' dwindling play-off hopes it did move them up to ninth in the table. But that did little to appease some fans – much to the frustration of Setchell.
The Lynn boss said: 'It's just about results here. It's not about how many local lads you've got or how young your team is. These last three or four weeks have sort of proved that really.
'The supporters aren't coming – even though we're well in the top half of the league. We were probably getting more at the end of last season when we couldn't win a game. We've given the young 'uns a go and they still don't want to come. Then to top it off they boo you off after a 1-1 draw at home.
'I feel for the players more than myself. I don't care. I've been in football 20-odd years. Some of the young players are a bit disillusioned in there (the dressing room) if I'm honest. We drew a game, we tried our best and we got booed off. We got booed off against Hitchin (at half-time) at 0-0. They're third in the league. I honestly don't get it. Yeah we didn't play great (second half against St Neots) but get behind these boys, please.
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'If we turn in a Merthyr, like we did when we were 3-0 down at half-time, or a Kettering when we fluffed our lines (3-0 home loss) then you can understand it.
'But these are young players who live in the town and have to listen to that sort of nonsense. It does my head in really.'
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Ninth-placed Lynn, 10 points outside of the top five with six matches to go, could drop to 12th if they lose at Biggleswade Town – who will leapfrog their opponents with victory – this afternoon.
Michael Clunan returns to the squad after completing his two-match ban but fellow midfielder Lee Smith looks set to remain sidelined with a quad problem.
'We'll keep going. We're ninth in the league. I think we've had a reasonable season,' added Setchell.
'I think we're still going in the right direction and we're still developing a relatively young team. Obviously there'll be a couple of changes in the summer but I think we'll come on from this season.
'When we reformed six years ago people always told us that if we had a team that worked hard and gave 100pc, whether they played well or not, then they'd always get great support. That is not the case. So that's a myth. 'Get loads of local players in the team and we'll come and support you,' they said.
'Well there's another myth too.'